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2017 Christmas and Holiday Events in Miami

Parades, Lights, Holiday Spectaculars...

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2017 Christmas and Holiday Events in Miami

What's On This Year: Boat Parades, Winterland Hayrides, Concerts And Of Course, The Nutcraker...

Christmas in Miami

Ho! Ho! Ho! Stringing our lights around the palm trees and Santa is getting ready to surf!

Christmas in Miami is about enjoying the sunshine and gorgeous breezy weather!

And to get into the spirit, our regular events are back with plenty of lights, shiny ornaments and holiday cheer.

Here are this year's most popular Christmas and Holiday Season events and celebrations in Miami.

Christmas Festivals, Fairs, Parades, Tree Lightings...

Christmas in Miami: Christmas Tree Lightings

And in the Holiday Entertainment Calendar:

Christmas Concerts and Entertainment in Miami: The Nutcracker

Top Picks Christmas Events for Kids and Families:

Christmas in Miami: Fun for Kids and Families at Santas Enchanted Forest

And check out the New Year's Eve Holiday events in Miami.

Miami New Years Eve Fireworks

Christmas and Holiday Festivals, Parades, Fairs and Events

Santa's Echanted Forest

Santa's Enchanted Forest

The largest Christmas-Themed Amusement Park and Carnival is back on its 26th year with its 3 million lights, 92" christmas tree, and the carnival rides for little ones and those wanting a little more extreme.

Located in the heart of Miami in Tropical Park, you will no doubt see the lights from the highway as you drive past.

It is a huge sprawling lively event, just coming to see the lights is worth the trip. Tons of entertainment for kids and families round it all up. There are the many live shows, games, magic acts, mazes, all sorts of rides, from carrousels to roller coasters and drop towers and of course, the carnival food!

When? November 2, 2017 to early January 2018 - 5:00pm to Midnight

Where? Tropical Park, on the Palmetto (SR826) and Bird Road (40th Street) 7900 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155

How Much? Adults (10-64) $31.78, Children (3-9) $22.43, Seniors (65+) $22.43 Season and express passes available.

More Info: Santa's Enchanted Forest

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Christmas Tree Lighting at Bayfront Park - November 24, 2017

Christmas Tree Lighting at Bayfront Park

The official kick off to the holiday season in downtown Miami takes place the day after Thanksgiving as Bayfront Park unveils its 50-foot tree covered with glittering lights.

The countdown to the tree lighting is accompanied by cheery holiday music, so come and take a break from the shopping and enjoy the spirit of the holidays.

While you're at it, la Feria del Mercado de San Miguel also takes place at Bayfront Park, so come an enjoy some tapas and the fantastic atmosphere of this beloved Spanish market.

When? Friday, November 24, 2017, tree lighting at 7:00 pm.

Where? Bayfront Park 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

Where to Park?: There is limited, paid parking at Bayfront Park. You can also park at Bayside Marketplace nextdoor or take the Metrorail to the Government Center Station then transfer to the Metromover Inner Loop to Bayfront Park.

How Much? FREE!

More info: Directions and Parking

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Magical Snowfall at Dolphin Mall

Christmas Magical Snow at Dolphin Mall

Miami's winter wonderland is back this year. To help bring on the magical flurry, Dolphin Mall will be giving away enchanted wands to children under the age of 12 (while supplies last). At the start of each nightly snowfall, young magicians are encouraged to wave their wands around to unleash the blizzard and create the glistening winter wonderland.

In addition, while you're at the mall, you can visit Santa and become a flight crew at Santa's Flight Academy.

When? Nightly from November 22, 2017 to January 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm, additional snowfall at 9:00 pm Thursdays through Sundays. No blizzard on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Where? The Ramblas Plaza at Dolphin Mall

How Much? FREE! Wands will be distributed to participating families 30 minutes prior to start of each nightly snowfall, first come first served.

More info:

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Winterfest Boat Parade - Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sailboats, Yachts, Barges, Gondolas, Kayaks... ANYTHING that floats, all decked up with thousands of lights and a merry spirit, traversing the waters of the intracoastal, what could be more fun this holiday season?!

Winterfest Boat Parade in Ft. Lauderdale

On its 46th year, the Winterfest Boat Parade has become one of the most awaited events, and this year with the theme "Fairytales Afloat" the Ft. Lauderdale shoreline will be coming alive once again.

Some fantastic entries and surprises in the past have included the Galleria Mall Reindeer Barge, a floating bus, a fire truck, Mickey and Minnie...

When?: Saturday December 9, 2017, sails at 6:30 p.m. ends approximately 10:30 p.m.

Where?: Intracoastal Waterway from Ft. Lauderdale to Pompano Beach. Parade starts at the New River where parading boats will be lining up west from Stranahan House to the Performing Arts Center, then move along towards the Intracoastal where they start heading up. Parade ends just south of Atlantic Blvd, at Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach

Winterfest Boat Parade Ft. Lauderdale Parade Ends Parade Ends
at Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach
Winterfest Boat Parade Ft. Lauderdale Parade Route Parade Route along the Intracoastal
Winterfest Boat Parade Ft. Lauderdale Grandstand Point Grandstand Location
at Birch State Park
Winterfest Boat Parade Ft. Lauderdale Start of Parade Parade Starts
at Stranahan House in the New River

Great spots to catch the parade is at one of the many bridges over the intracoastal at:

  • Las Olas Boulevard
  • Sunrise Boulevard
  • Oakland Park Boulevard
  • Commercial Boulevard

How Much?: Free along parade route.

Grandstand viewing areas are available at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park where reserved seating can be purchased in advance: adults $25, children under 10 $20, seniors, military and groups $22. Add $5 for shuttle, you park your car at the Galleria Mall and a shuttle will bring you to the designated area at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.

Entry to the park if not viewing from the Grandstand is $5. There will be no parking inside the park on the day of the parade, so either walk-in, or take the Park and Ride shuttle for $5 per person. The gates open at 3:30 pm, so bring your beach chair and enjoy! Parade arrives to this area normally around 7:30 pm

More info:

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Miami Outboard Club's Annual Holiday Boat Parade

Boat Parade Miami Christmas

What?: Over 50 boats all decked up in holiday gear and parading in the waters of Biscayne Bay...

Food Vendors, Bounce House, DJ at Bayfront Park, the official viewing site

Fireworks Show!

When?: December 16, 2017 - 7:00 pm, Fireworks at 9:00 pm

Where?: Official viewing site is Bayfront Park

Parade Route: The parade will begin at the Miami Outboard Club continuing along Government Cut towards Downtown Miami, passing the Miami Children Museum, Bayside and Bayfront Park. The parade route will turn around at Brickell Key, once again passing Bayfront Park, Bayside, and then American Airlines Arena.

How Much?: FREE. The Club will be collecting new unwrapped toys to be donated to the children of the City Of Miami, donations can be made at The Miami Outboard Club and various sponsor retail locations.

More Info Here:

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Cirque Dreams Holidaze - The Family Holiday Spectacular

A multi-million dollar stage production with soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, ellaborate illusions, holiday music... it's a Broadway musical, cirque spectacle and family show all in one! A 2-hour theatrical adventure BroadwayWorld proclaims "The Perfect Holiday Gift... a show that everyone will enjoy... colorful, festive, imaginative, inventive, and thoroughly entertaining."

When? December 26 - 30, 2017

Where? Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale

›› Cirque Dreams Holidaze

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Zoo Lights and Holiday Gifts For The Animals at Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami Christmas

It's that magical time of the year as the park transforms into a fabulous array of shimmering trees and dazzling (animal-shaped of course) lights that adorn every corner of this fantastic animal kingdom.

And during the day, the best part is watching all our fluffy fellows open their Christmas presents...

What else? Carousel rides, photo with Santa, cookies and hot cocoa... (additional fees)

When?: Gifts with the Animals: check for the daily schedule
Zoo Lights Every Friday and Saturday in December plus the week of December 26 - 30, 2017 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm (closed December 24-25)

Where?: Zoo Miami at 1 Zoo Boulevard, 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177

How Much?: Gifts for the Animals is Free with Zoo Admission. Check Zoo Miami website for schedule.
Zoo Lights: $9.95 plus tax

More Info Here:

Chimp with Christmas Presents  at Zoo Miami

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Winterland at the Farm

Winterland at Pinto Farm

With this 60-degree weather, what better way to warm up and get ready into the holiday spirit with family and friends than with some Snow, Holiday Treats, Hot chocolate and much more while you can meet Santa Claus, Nix the Snowman and Sprinkle the Gingerbread Cookie at a beautiful illuminated Forest.

Holiday treats, hay rides, face painting, paddleboat rides, Santa, pony rides, and many more activities for kids!

When?: December 16, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Where?: Pinto Farm at 14890 SW 216 Street, Miami, FL 33170

How Much?: Winterland Unlimited $19, Winterland Paddleboat ride or Hayride $9.

More info:

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Christmas Eve Midnight Mass and Christmas Day Services

Christmas Mass Nativity Scene

Bright poinsettias, twinkling lights, wonderful nativity scenes, children caroling and the fragrance of firs and incense filling the church, the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass has been a beautiful tradition for as long as I can remember. All our places of worship and the communities go out of their way to welcome and share in the spirit and purpose of the Christmas celebrations.

Here are some places you can attend Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in Miami

  • Saint Patrick Catholic Church - 3716 Garden Avenue, Miami Beach 33140
    Phone (305) 531-1124

    Christmas Eve Midnight Mass: Multi-Lingual

    Christmas Day:
    English: 8:00 am, 9:30am, 11:00am
    Spanish: 12:30pm, 7:00pm
    More Info.

  • Church of the Little Flower 2711 Indian Mound Trail, Coral Gables 33134
    Phone (305) 446-9950

    Chritmas Eve Cantata: 11:30 pm

    Christmas Eve Midnight Mass: Bi-Lingual

    Christmas Day:
    English: 9:00am, 10:30am, 5:30pm
    Spanish: 12:30pm
    More Info.

  • More Christmas Eve serices in the Miami area

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Christmas and Holiday Concerts and Entertainment

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol in Miami

When? November 30 - December 2, 2017

Where? Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts

How Much? $20+

›› A Christmas Carol

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LeAnn Rimes Today Is Christmas Tour

LeeAnn Rimes Christmas Tour Miami

When? Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 8:00 pm

Where? Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale

›› LeAnn Rimes Christmas Tour

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Symphony of the Americas Holiday Voices

Symphony of the Americas Holiday Magic Concert

When? Sunday and Tuesday, December 3 and 5, 2017

Where? Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center For The Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale

›› Symphony of the Americas Holiday Voices

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Master Chorale of South Florida: Handel's Messiah

Handels Messiah Concert

When? Friday, December 8, 2017 - 8:00 pm

Where? Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center For The Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale

›› Master Chorale of South Florida: Handel's Messiah

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Broward Symphony Orchestra: A Holiday Feast

Holiday Concert

When? Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 8:00 pm

Where? Bailey Hall - Broward College at 3501 Davie Road, Davie, FL 33314

›› Broward Symphony Orchestra: A Holiday Feast

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Miami City Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Miami City Ballet: The Nutcracker

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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter 2017 Tour
The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Trans-Siberian Orchestra in South Florida

When? Friday, December 15, 2017 - 8:00 pm

Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise

›› Trans Siberian Orchestra Winter 2017

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Holiday Traditions Around The World

Holiday Concert

A joyous around-the-world tour of the dances, songs and stories from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and many other traditions.

Students will sing, clap and tap along as they learn new and old traditions, customs and folklore that instill the magic of the season.

This wonderful jubilee creates a memorable and heartwarming experience that celebrates the mosaic of cultures that surround us.

When? Monday, December 18, 2017 - 10:00 am

Where? Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale

›› Holiday Traditions Around The World

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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

The Nutcracker in Miami

When? Saturday December 30, 2017 - 3:00 p.m.

Where? The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater at 1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

›› Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Check for half-price Moscow Nutcraker tickets at Goldstar, you need to be a member but membership is FREE, just sign up, it's worth the savings!

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